By Tia Lynn Ivey
A local solar power company based in Madison, Solar Sun World, donated a $15,000 solar power demonstration trailer to the Morgan County Charter School System last spring. Taylor Ford, of Solar Sun World, led a demonstration for Alec Johnson’s 12th grade physics class last month.
Incorporating solar power is part of the school system’s ongoing STEAM initiative. According to Ford, solar power is crucial for young students to learn about.
“It is so important. Solar power is going to be the future of our country. Between solar and wind, those are the only real options we are going to have with energy one day,” said Ford. The most important thing is that it’s going to be the future or our country. Between solar and wind, it’s the only option we have to go with it, said Ford. According to Ford, a lot of Americans are skeptical of solar power.
“It’s important for people to know that solar power works and it works well,” said Ford. “There is so much misinformation out there, especially among people who deny global warming is happening…So people are skeptical, but we want to teach people, especially our students, the truth about solar power and all its possibilities for the future.”
According to Ford, Georgia is the ideal place for solar power because of all the sun we receive throughout the year.
“We get a ton of sun here,” said Ford. “We get far more sun than Germany does and they are the leading solar power producers in the world right now.”
According to Johnson, his students were working on a lesson investigating different types of renewable and nonrenewable energy.
“The kids loved it,” said Johnson. Taylor talked for about an hour to the students, showing them how solar power was generated through the trailer and how solar energy is being used throughout Georgia.
The solar powered trailer included solar panels and battery and a thermal water heating system.
“In 2016, that was the first year that solar was cheapest form of collecting electricity in the world,” noted Johnson.
Johnson’s students will take what they have learned and pass it down to younger Morgan County students. “
“All students will benefit from this,” said Johnson. “Taylor came out and was training the kids on how it works and how to talk about it, so later this spring when the primary and elementary students are learning about electricity, my students can present this demonstration to them,” explained Johnson.
“They seemed really engage and really interested in learning about it,” added Ford. “That was encouraging to see.”